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Response to Trump Smear of School Security Service Professionals

NEA President: “…denigrating the work of campus security guards is reprehensible, especially in light of Coach Fies’s sacrifice.”


WASHINGTON - February 23, 2018 -

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement responding to Donald Trump’s remarks today that “a security guard doesn’t know the children, doesn’t love the children.”

“Ask any educator why they work in schools and most will respond instantly: They believe in children. School security service professionals are educators who go on to school campuses each day because they know, love, and want to protect their students. Security service professional and football coach Aaron Fies gave his life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shielding his students from gunfire. Donald Trump should be honoring Coach Fies’s memory by listening to real solutions to curb gun violence offered by educators, parents, and—most importantly—the students who are leading on this issue, rather than parroting reckless ideas that will put our students in lethal danger. We support the investigation being conducted by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office into the actions of their resource officer during the attack, but denigrating the work of campus security guards is reprehensible, especially in light of Coach Fies’s sacrifice.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Learn more at www.nea.org.

Contact: Richard Allen Smith
(202) 716-6461, rasmith@nea.org